Thursday, March 19, 2009

I am falling apart...literally

I had a major shock yesterday. I found out that I have a condition in my spine called Spondylolisthesis. I know, don't even try to pronounce it.

After 4 days of pain in my abdomen and lower back, in and out of Doctors office, a CT scan and blood tests, they had no idea what was wrong with me. The last visit to my Dr. he was talking to me and asking lots of different questions to try to figure out was causing the pain. He said, "Did you know you have a bad back?" I said no. He told me that in the CT scan they noticed that my bottom 2 vertebrae were shifting. I was shocked because I have never had back pain and the pain I was experiencing did not feel like bone pain. He told me that he wanted me to see a spine specialist. I went to a spine specialist yesterday. Here is a pic of my condition, although it is not a pic of my back, this is exactly what my CT scan looks like.

The problem is actually with my last three vertebrae. The middle one is slipping, just like the pic shows. I am also loosing cushion (whatever the technical word for it is...???) and I also have some arthritis in the spine. WHAT???????????

I just couldn't believe what they were telling me. It has been a roller coaster week! For now I am going to do physical therapy to strengthen my core and I have anti inflammatory meds that help ALOT! The last step would be surgery to align and put spacers in but my dr doesn't think it will come to that. She said because I am so active and healthy that we can keep it in check with the physically therapy.

I will keep everyone posted. Please keep me in your prayers. I guess it really is true that you fall apart at 30!!!

10 comments:

Erin Stones said...

So sorry to hear this! I hope that it all works out for you!

Dana said...

Tausha! that is CRAZY! i will definitely keep you in my prayers...i hope everything is okay! let me know if you need anything!

Connie Robinson said...

Pretty soon they will be calling you a little old crippled lady. I am so sorry to hear that. It is so weird that things can already be falling apart on us at 30. We will keep you in our prayers. I hope that your pain will be fixed and that you will be able to continue on doing the things you love and enjoying your cute family.
Love ya!
Connie

Rae Lynne said...

Oh my goodness Tausha, I had no idea you were having such a hard time. What a crazy thing to happen to you. I hope things get better without surgery. Always know I'm here for ya. Talk to you soon.

David said...

:(

I feel shocks go through my arm when I see somebody else's 'owie' That sounds like a big owie. ouch.

organize-n-mama said...

Oh my heck!!!!! I hope that they will get you up and back to normal soon. You are in our thoughts and prayers. :O)

Charlotte said...

Wow. Good luck. I hope the PT works.

Anna and Justin said...

how does it get that way? did you have an accident? i'm sorry to hear this. i'll keep you in my prayers.

Bee Bee said...

I just spoke with organize-n-mama and she said that she will send you a message later today.

organize-n-mama said...

ok I must be a real dork. I just figure you knew it was me. It's Tiffany Wagner. Hope all is going well. I love reading your blog. I talked to Leslie the other day and we were saying we need a play date again. Maybe I will get you cute ladies down this way.